FC Barcelona News: 25 January 2013; Barça Advance To Copa Del Rey Semi-Finals, Set Up Real Madrid Clash

David Ramos

Another Clásico in the Copa del Rey | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona and Real Madrid will face off in the Copa del Rey for the seventh time in the history of the competition. The head to head record between the two sides stands at three victories apiece. The last Cup semifinal Clásico was in the 1992/93. Los Blancos went through to the final on that occasion.

Jordi Roura: "The players gave a footballing lesson, and they’ve given quite a few!" | FC Barcelona
"We brought Messi off the as a preventative measure. The adductor in his right leg was giving him problems. It’s nothing serious," said Roura, who declined to talk about the exciting showdown with Real Madrid in the next round of the Cup. "We have a very important game against Osasuna on Sunday and I prefer to not talk about Real Madrid."

Busquets: "The result is fair, we could have scored more" | FC Barcelona
Once again Sergio Busquets facilitated the transition between FC Barcelona’s defence and attack with brilliance. His clairvoyance, his mastery of the situation and the ease with which he navigates his position becomes more evident each time he takes to the pitch. "The result is fair, in fact we should have won by more," said the midfielder after this evening’s match against Málaga.

Happy birthday Xavi Hernández! | FC Barcelona
Xavi Hernández turns 33 today, a day after the victory of the first team in the Spanish Cup against Málaga. Review the contents of Xavi, who will renew his contract on Monday.

January 24, 1982: Quini and the 3000th FC Barcelona goal in La Liga | FC Barcelona
On January 24, 1982, exactly thirty years ago, Enrique Castro González 'Quini' wrote a new chapter in FC Barcelona history. The team beat Castellón at the Camp Nou (4-3) during the 1982-83 Liga season, a game that would go down in history because the legendary striker Quini scored FCB’s 3000th Liga goal, and his 18th of the season.

Buffon has no regrets over Barca snub - Goal.com
"I do ask myself what my career would have been like now and again," the 34-year-old told reporters. "But Barcelona only started winning in 2006. Five years without winning anything is a long time. "Seeing how my career has developed, I have no regrets."

Real Madrid deny reports players threatened to leave if Jose Mourinho was not axed | Sky Sports
Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has dismissed as a "lie" a newspaper report that claimed senior players at the club threatened to demand transfers if coach Jose Mourinho was not removed from his post at the end of the season.

Marca-Real Madrid plot thickens - ESPN FC
The row between Real Madrid and Spanish newspaper Marca took another twist, with the daily claiming 'Marca does not lie' on its cover, while revealing text messages confirming its story that the club's senior players want to leave if Jose Mourinho remains in charge next season.

Casillas breaks hand, to miss United showdown - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
Spain and Real captain Casillas, 31, suffered the freak injury in a collision with team-mate Alvaro Arbeloa during the Copa del Rey quarter-final second leg against Valencia, and has been ruled out for up to three months with a fractured bone in his left hand.

Madrid to look for ‘keeper | Football Espana
Antonio Adan and Jesus Fernandez are the club’s other registered first-team ‘keepers, with Adan having recently deputised in Casillas’ place. However, the club are believed through reports today to be looking through the market for cover for Casillas from a third shot-stopper.

Atletico ease into Copa semis - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
Diego Costa scored a valuable away goal, to add to last week's 2-0 victory at the Calderon, after a dreadful misunderstanding in the Betis defence just before halftime. Chasing a long punt over the top Betis defender Antonio Amaya did not see his keeper Casto Espinosa had raced out of the area and he headed the ball past him allowing Costa to run through and tap into an empty net.

Atletico keen on Gourcouff loan deal - ESPN FC
Atletico Madrid have confirmed that they are interested in taking Yoann Gourcuff to Spain on loan – but cash-strapped Lyon will not let the France international playmaker go cheaply. Atletico, currently second in La Liga, see Gourcuff, 26, as a player who can boost their bid to secure Champions League football next season.

Reported Manchester City target Isco set to sign Malaga contract extension | Sky Sports
Reported Manchester City target Isco is on the verge of signing a contract extension at Malaga, according to the club's director of football Mario Husillos. The new deal would strike a major blow to City's hopes of signing the attacking midfielder, with reports in Spain claiming he will commit to Malaga until June 2018, with a buyout clause of €35million (£30m) included in the contract.

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